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‘The Last Dance’ proves great basketball is timeless

Fair use from ESPN. Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls goes up for a layup against James Edwards and Bill Laimbeer of the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons eliminated Jordan and the Bulls from the playoffs three seasons in a row before Jordan captured his first title.

Noah Orloff

May 24, 2020

With the NBA and other professional sports leagues out of play because of COVID-19, I turned to “The Last Dance” to satisfy my hunger for sports. After Bulls coach Phil Jackson was told by general manager Jerry Krause that his days in Chicago were coming to an end, the team prepared for their...

YouTubers newly released music turns out dull

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Izzy Kanne

May 21, 2020

As a fan of Gabbie Hanna’s YouTube channel, I was excited to stream her newest extended play (EP) “Bad Karma,” but after listening, I was left unsatisfied. In 2017, Hanna started releasing singles that showed great potential for a music career. Two years later she released her first EP “2WayMirror,”...

Movies about widespread disease provide parallels to COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Erin Mears (Kate Winslet) talks on the phone with someone amidst her research to understand the source of the flu-like disease spreading throughout the world. The movie

Ruthie Posada

May 20, 2020

With the current COVID-19 pandemic underway, several movies characterized by widespread infection have resurfaced as viewers compare and contrast the movies with our current situation. Two movies I’ve recently had the privilege to see are “Contagion” and “Outbreak,” both following doctors and scie...

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend’ interactive special compels

Fair use from Netflix. Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) talks to Prince Fredrick (Daniel Radcliffe) about what they should do. The choices are shown on the bottom for viewers to decide what happens next.

Maria Perez Barriga

May 17, 2020

When “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend” was set to premiere May 12, I was intrigued to see how the interactive format would work on Netflix. It was my first time doing a Netflix interactive film and I thought it was fun to play around with the interactive format which gives viewe...

‘Extraction’ thrills, but lacks development

Fair use from Netflix. Tyler Rake (Chris Hemsworth) walks through the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Adam Gips

May 17, 2020

I had high expectations before watching Netflix’s “Extraction” because Chris Hemsworth was starring in this new action thriller. The movie kept me on the edge of my seat with a moving story full of compelling violence, which was on par with my expectations. The story follows Tyler Rake (Chris Hemswort...

‘Becoming’ beautifully captures story of former First Lady

Fair use from Getty Images. Former First Lady Michelle Obama travelled all over the United States for up-close interviews about her book

Sofia Seewald

May 16, 2020

When “Becoming” was released on Netflix May 6, my mom and I were anticipating an informational documentary about Michelle Obama, however, the movie gave us much more than that. “Becoming” was one of the most empowering documentaries I have ever seen. The movie “Becoming” is based partly...

Best pet walking destinations in St. Louis Park

Park student walks his two Golden Retrievers in Oak Hill Park. The park’s trails remain open but many of its facilities remain closed due to COVID-19.

Sam Swisher

May 13, 2020

Throughout quarantine I’ve found myself bored because I have been primarily staying inside and watching Netflix. One way I’ve found to combat my boredom is to take my dogs for walks in parks and trails that I’ve never been to. The following parks and trails are a great change from taking your dog ...

‘Never Have I Ever’ Netflix series is mediocre

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Noah Orloff

May 12, 2020

As I was missing the noisy halls of high school and the feeling of a real classroom, watching “Never Have I Ever” provided a reminder of the high school experience. Season one of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” details the journey of sophomore Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), who is overcoming...

Musical livestreams bring community together

Fair use from Broadway.com. Cover art for “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration.” The virtual event was live streamed to honor the famous Broadway composer, Stephen Sondheim, and to raise money for Actors Striving to End Poverty.

Ben Sanford

May 10, 2020

Amidst the current pandemic, it feels like everyone is going through a collective struggle. We are all unable to see our friends and participate in our favorite activities. With that being said, the Broadway community is doing what it can to raise money for the professional workers in the industry, as wel...

Top five Mexican candies worth trying

Fair use from Barcel-USA. The Duvalin has a cream-like flavor combos such as chocolate, vanilla and strawberry that are filled inside a plastic dish paired with a mini spoon.

Maria Perez Barriga

May 6, 2020

During these unprecedented times, it is a good opportunity to try out different types of candies to lighten up your mood. In this review, I will be sharing my favorite Mexican candies, and I want others to get to know more about the Mexican culture. After reading this review, I recommend you go try ...

‘BLAME IT ON BABY’ electrifies

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Adam Gips

May 6, 2020

I had high expectations for DaBaby’s newest album because his single “FIND MY WAY,” which was released a couple of weeks before the album, was an instant hit. “BLAME IT ON BABY” exceeded my expectations, but it seemed very similar to his previous album “KIRK.” When I first listened to “BLAME IT ON BABY...

Three local restaurants to support during COVID-19

Mexico City Cafe has been doing takeout only since March 17 due to COVID-19. Executive Order 20-24 made all Minnesota restaurants close for in-person service through May 17.

Sam Swisher

May 1, 2020

We are all experiencing unprecedented change to our daily lives as COVID-19 continues to redefine how we interact with others. We have all been impacted in some way or another, but that does not mean we have completely given up all of our old habits. Growing up in St. Louis Park, my family and I ...

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